Lancashire v Notts: Day 1

Featured News | 29th April 2009

Disciplined bowling put Nottinghamshire on top after the first day of their Championship meeting with Lancashire.

Despite losing the toss at Old Trafford, Chris Read's men took charge of proceeding right from the start, with the returning Ryan Sidebottom removing both openers lbw in his opening spell.

Andre Adams then took the first of four wickets while Paul Franks accounted for former Notts overseas batsman Ashwell Prince, who top-scored for the hosts with 74.

With no easy runs on offer the remaining Lancashire batsmen wilted under the pressure and were eventually dismissed for just 189, with 20-year-old Luke Fletcher wrapping the tail to claim two thoroughly deserved wickets.

It represented a fitting finish for the strapping seamer, who was brought into the XI for his Championship debut as Director of Cricket Mick Newell opted to rest Mark Ealham for the upcoming fixtures over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Fletcher, who picked up 2-30 from 15.3 overs, including eight maidens, said: "I was really pleased to get the chance to play - it's been my goal to get into the Championship side since pre-season.

"I managed to settle into a good line and length and didn't give away any runs. That pressure was always going to lead to wickets and we bowled very well as a unit.

"We've definitely got them out for a below-par score, so hopefully now I'll be able to put my feet up and watch our batsmen post a big lead before we try and bowl them out again."

Notts closed on 52-1, with Alex Hales the man to fall for 17, bowled by Oliver Newby.

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Andre Adams led the way with 4-49

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